Francisco José López : Sandwich Man @ VZ Art Gallery ( Until 21st March)

Francisco Jose, SANDWICH MAN

11- 21 March 2011  (private view on 10 March at 6:30 pm).  Sandwich Man is a pictorial cycle based on one stage in the life of  Francisco José López a Colombian artist living in London. The result is a series of personal reflections on his transformative experiences of living and working in London during the economic downturn. Francisco studied architecture and plastic arts in Colombia and has been exhibiting individual works since 2005, but as with most immigrants who hold professional qualifications, he has been forced to take menial jobs in order to survive. In Francisco’s case, this meant working as a sandwich seller.

‘My New Bike’, ‘The Best Stop’ and ‘Like a Homeless’, are some of the works that best illustrate my experience of working as a sandwich seller and my relationship to what I sold. The unending cycle of selling sandwiches to survive and eating sandwiches to live became my reason to paint. I paint ‘Sandwich Man’, because that’s who I am. However, I also paint because one day I hope to escape the life of the ‘sandwich man’.

Francisco Jose captures in his work the speed and variety of the city in flux from the perspective of a sandwich seller whose privilege is to observe. The souls of passers-by are transmuted into the colours and shapes of the city landscape, leaving the outlines of those who we could never know to drift anonymously. Our experience of them is determined by the traces of movements, expressions, and sounds that briefly linger behind them.

Francisco’s Gallery

OPENING HOURS
Tuesday – Sunday: 11 am-6pm
Monday – closed
Contact or book an appointment
+44 (0) 20 7739 9096
info@vzgallery.com
28, Cheshire Street
London E2 6EH

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